Upcoming Genealogy Blogging Events Week of December 25, 2009 – January 1, 2010

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Here is a list of events and goings-on in the world of genealogy blogging. Here’s what is happening in the coming week:

Happy Blogiversary!

  • A Canadian Family celebrates its first anniversary Wednesday, December 30, 2009.  Please take a minute and say “Congratulations” to Evelyn.

If your blog anniversary is coming up soon, make sure it gets on our GeneaBloggers calendar! Remember to send your blog anniversary info to GeneaBloggers.

Data Backup Day

Great news! Novosoft LLC – the maker of Handy Backup – has given us four (4) free copies of this simple-to-use backup software and we’ll be giving them away in a Data Backup Day contest! The contest details will be announced later this weekend – stay tuned!

In the meantime, a great New Year’s resolution would be to back up your genealogy research data, right? What are you waiting for, a major data loss disaster to strike? The first day of each month has been designated as Data Backup Day – and here are some great resources to get you started.

Genealogy Blog Carnivals

  • The 10th Edition of The Graveyard Rabbit Carnival requests entries by Friday, December 25, 2009. The topic: investigate how families determine their final resting place.
  • The deadline for the 25th Edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy has been extended to Monday, December 28, 2009.  The theme is Christmas/Hanukkah traditions and you are invited to submit your post about your Central and Eastern European ancestors.
  • The 87th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is accepting submissions through Friday, January 1, 2010. The theme: New Year’s Resolutions! This year is almost over and a new decade is knocking on the door. This is the perfect time to make your New Year resolutions, goals, aims, declarations, intentions, aspirations, objectives, plans, targets, schemes, wishes, or whatever you want to call them!

Wondering how to participate in a blog carnival? Check out this post from Bootcamp for GeneaBloggers.

Genealogy Conferences This Week

As expected, the genealogy conference season slows down around the holiday season but things will be hopping in January 2010! View upcoming genealogy conferences in the United States and across the globe at the group of calendars at GeneaBloggers. If you know of an upcoming expo or conference that should be on the GeneaBloggers conference calendar, send it to us at geneabloggers@gmail.com.

Appearances By GeneaBloggers Members

If you need more information on how to submit your own information for our Speaker’s Bureau page as well as the Speakers’ Appearances calendar, contact us at geneabloggers@gmail.com.

GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook

Great news – we are now at 810 members over at GeneaBloggers Group on Facebook.  There is a great discussion taking place about genealogy apps for iTouch and iPhone – check it out! If you know anyone who blogs about their genealogy or family history and you think they might benefit from membership in Geneabloggers please tell them about our Facebook group!

Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt

Check out Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt #52:  Discuss your favorite genealogy publication. Why do you like it? Is it worth the money? How would you improve it?

Note: This is the final Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt for the year – we aren’t certain what Amy has in store for us in terms of prompts for 2010 but you can be sure that whether it is weekly or monthly, the prompts will be great ways to inspire your genealogy blog posting! A big thank you to Amy Coffin at We Tree for all her work with these prompts during 2009!

GeneaBloggers Calendar

Starting January 3, 2010, look for some changes to our Daily Blogging Prompts – they’ll include Sentimental Sunday and a few new variations!  In the meantime check out Black Sheep SundayMadness MondayTombstone TuesdayWordless WednesdayTreasure Chest ThursdayFollow Friday and Surname Saturday which can help you come up with ideas each day of the week for blog posts! And don’t forget to check out other upcoming events at the Geneabloggers Calendar. This is the same Google calendar that has been in existence for quite some time. And if you subscribe to the calendar you’ll receive email reminders of events.

© 2009 copyright, Thomas MacEntee

Surname Saturday December 26, 2009

Today is Surname Saturday. There are two ways in which you can join in the fun:


Participants must have a current and active Twitter account in order to participate. During the day on Saturday, participants “tweet” about the surnames they are researching. All posts should include the #surnameshashtag.

Here is the current listing of Surname Saturday messages on Twitter.


If you have your own genealogy or family history related blog, you can participate in Surname Saturday. What is it?

Surname Saturday is a daily blogging theme used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

To participate in Surname Saturday, simply create a post in which you discuss a surname and mention its origins, its geographical location(s) and how it fits into your genealogy research. You can read more about Surname Saturday here at gene@pedia.

Here are the latest Surname Saturday posts from our member genealogy bloggers:

© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Follow Friday December 25, 2009

Today is Follow Friday. If you have your own genealogy or family history related blog, you can participate in Follow Friday. What is it?

Follow Friday is a daily blogging theme used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

To participate in Follow Friday, simply create a post in which you recommend another genealogy blogger, a specific blog post, a genealogy website or a genealogy resource. Tell us why they are important to the genealogy community and why we should follow. You can read more about Follow Friday here at gene@pedia.

A special thanks to Earline Bradt of Ancestral Notes for suggesting Follow Friday as a daily blogging theme!

Here are the latest Follow Friday posts from our member genealogy bloggers:

© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee